In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Owen Hargreaves is convinced Chelsea will finish in the top four this season, N’Golo Kante says he is happy and settled in west London and Marco van Ginkel is back at work after being sidelined for 18 months.
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Hargreaves tips Blues for high finish
Despite Chelsea’s defeat at Manchester City on Satuday, TV pundit Owen Hargreaves was impressed by the performance of Frank Lampard’s side and believes we will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, as reported by Metro.
According to the England midfielder, our midfielders posed plenty of problems for the two-time defending champions and the Blues could have won the game if our finishing had been more clinical in the first half.
‘I thought Chelsea in the first half were brilliant. They played so well, I thought Frank Lampard’s game-plan worked terrifically well,’ Hargreaves said.
‘Kevin De Bruyne was marked by Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante marked David Silva and that really frustrated Manchester City at the start of the game.
‘They wanted to sit in and absorb pressure but then when they got the ball they really tried to play and they caused City a lot of problems.
‘Pep Guardiola was on the side and he was not happy, he was up and down, he was arguing with Mikel Arteta about people in certain positions and Chelsea should have scored more in that first half. They were the better team.’
Hargreaves felt the performance bodes well for the rest of our campaign.
‘They came here, came to play, kept the ball and they posed a threat,’ he said of the Blues.
‘Pep Guardiola knows today was a tough game against a really good side.
‘Watching Chelsea up close there, they’re going to be a top-four team, there’s no question. They were really, really good.’
Kante settled at the Bridge
N’Golo Kante has told Canal Plus he has no interest in moving to Paris Saint-Germain as he is happy and settled at Chelsea.
Although he signed a new five-year contract with the Blues last November, rumours persist that PSG want to bring the 28-year-old back to France.
However, Kante indicated he did not intend to go back to Ligue 1 anytime soon.
‘Sometimes we do not necessarily know where we want to go, but we know what we have,’ said the French midfielder, as reported by Goal.com.
‘I know I am at Chelsea and I am good there.
‘If I did not want to come to PSG it is more a sporting choice. I feel good in London, in the project and I am happy to stay there.’
Van Ginkel back in training
Things are looking up for Marco van Ginkel with the Dutchman posting on Instagram he was back on the training pitch after being sidelined for nearly a year-and-a-half by a knee problem.
The midfielder shared a photo of himself in his training gear at Cobham as he continued his rehabilitation from the injury, which he suffered in July 2018.
‘After more than a year, finally back on the pitch,’ he wrote in the accompanying text.
‘For most players it is normal to be training outside, but I had some setbacks during my recovery which was really frustrating.
‘I am working hard every day, not there yet but it is getting closer now.’
The 26-year-old has not seen any competitive action since the 2017/18 season when he was on loan at PSV Eindhoven and captained the club to the Eredivisie title.